Diverted lorry hits tree and blocks road

The trapped lorry and NEDL's recovery van
The trapped lorry and NEDL's recovery van

A LORRY following a diversion around the A171 Whitby to Scarborough road became stuck when it hit a tree, blocking the road and affecting an overhead power line.

The incident happened on Monday morning when a large lorry using the C219 road out of Fylingthorpe collided with the vegetation and became trapped.

The road was closed for several hours as a result, with other articulated lorries forced to wait.

An eyewitness said: “It’s an official highways diversion that has caused the accident.

“Although it’s classed as a ‘C’ road and should be passable, nobody has come through and had a look to make sure.

“There were huge tailbacks going right back past my house.”

An additional danger caused by the incident was that a power line became entangled with the tree.

A tree surgeon from NEDL electricity suppliers attended the scene and was able to free the wire by removing a large part of the tree, and the road was reopened after several hours.

David Creek, maintenance manager for Whitby Highways, said: “There’s no weight or height restrictions on that road so it was deemed suitable.

“Once we were made aware of the problem we lifted the restrictions on the main road until the diversion could be cleared.”

The A171 has been closed all this week in both directions between the B1447 junction and the B1416 junction due to roadworks, but these are expected to now be completed.